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The Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University is officially closed today due to a record-breaking blizzard in Chicago. The snow day gave me an opportunity to read a chapter in Malcolm Gladwell’s book What the Dog Saw about John Rock, MD, an American doctor and scientist who was integral...

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Female cancer patients interested in preserving their fertility prior to treatment may choose from a variety of options including egg banking, embryo banking, or ovarian tissue cryopreservation. While some fertility preservation techniques, such as egg and embryo baking, require a 2 to 3 week delay...

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Most of the time, this blog focuses on the effects of cancer and its treatment on fertility. But what happens if you are already pregnant and then diagnosed with cancer? Suddenly you are not only focused on fostering your pregnancy but also saving your life and your growing fetus.

Cancer diagnoses...

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Ten percent of all cancer cases are classified as blood cancers because they originate in the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic tissue that frequently spreads to bone marrow. These cancers, which include leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, cause uncontrolled division and growth of abnormal blood cells...

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When most younger women think of menopause, they think of their mothers having hot flashes at the dinner table or hearing about sleepless nights from their aunts but women dealing with cancer at many ages may experience these symptoms. Menopause can manifest in a variety of ways including hot...

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Investigators at the Oncofertility Consortium recently published a discussion on historical perceptions of infertility in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. The authors, Shauna Gardino, Sarah Rodriguez, PhD, and Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, related this evidence to contemporary responses to real or...

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The American Society for Clinical Oncology provides continuing education for medical professionals on a range of topics. One recently-launched module, Focus Under Forty, disseminates information to help providers best care for patients between 15 and 39 years old. The free presentations identify...

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In 1971, the National Cancer Act was signed in to law to find a cure for cancer through research and clinical trials. Since that time, scientists have learned many nuances about cancerous cells and tissues and significantly increased survivorship rates for many cancers. Where a cancer diagnosis...

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A recent seminar about the role of obesity on breast cancer got me thinking about how weight affects all types of cancer. In the United States, where a third of people are obese, many patients experience weight-related complications in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Obesity increases the risk and...

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Our recent blog on the reproductive options for cancer survivors who do not receive fertility preservation raised some interesting questions. As mentioned in the post, while there is no definitive way to determine if anyone is fertile prior to attempting to conceive, some medical testing can give a...

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We at the Oncofertility Consortium spend much of our time developing new techniques and options for young cancer patients who wish to preserve their fertility before undergoing cancer therapy. But what options are available to cancer survivors who did not undergo fertility-sparing treatments?

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A section of a baboon ovary from the Xu et al. paper

Many women who preserve their reproductive potential prior to fertility-threatening cancer treatments currently choose ovarian stimulation and subsequent banking of their eggs or fertilized embryos. Unfortunately, women who choose these...

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Tiffany and her husband, Dave, at a "Pre-Chemo" party the week before she started chemotherpay

Around this time last year, Tiffany found a small lump under her arm near her breast. The 28-year old knew that the lump was most-likely a benign cyst so she didn't worry to much about it. Plus, as a...

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Newborn Hope, May 2001

In the late 1990s, Lauren and Henry were a young married couple looking forward to starting a family when Lauren was diagnosed with cancer. Lauren and Henry were advised by her doctors to retrieve eggs and bank embryos but the couple was still left with a dilemma. How would...

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Four times a year, the Oncofertility Consortium hosts its Virtual Grand Rounds series, a public online forum that addresses topics in oncofertility. These clinical, research, and patient presentations engage the diverse oncofertility community to understand broader fertility issues for cancer...

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In 2006, the American Society of Clinical Oncology published recommendations that oncologists discuss fertility preservation with cancer patients. A recent survey, funded by the Oncofertility Consortium’s pilot grant program, investigated pediatric oncologists’ attitudes about fertility...

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In 1985, Maryland passed innovative legislation that required health insurance companies to cover the costs of fertility treatments. Since that time 15 U.S. states followed suit and now require insurance companies to cover the costs of egg retrieval, in vitro fertilization, and other infertility...

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During the summer of 2005, many people were undergoing cancer treatments in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their whole lives had been turned upside down by cancer and they were completely focused on fighting their disease.  That all changed when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in late August.

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Congratulations to all of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who participated in Movember 2010!  The month quickly flew by and it was great following along many Movember adventures through their Twitter account and website.  Almost half a million people worldwide registered for Movember, bringing in...

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The Gemini Twins in the Zodiac

Have you noticed that there seem to be more twins running around these days? If so, you are right. Since the mid-1970s, the rates of twin births have been increasing steadily and not just in the United States. Historians can track twin birthrates as far back as the...

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